Christmas

Sparked after reading an article about a UK Which? report in The Guardian newspaper, and made in haste, this resource is aimed at Entry Level 3 (E3) and Level 1 (L1) learners but includes some E2 and L2 questions. There is no answer sheet – one might appear later for skillsworkshop contributors – but see below for general marking guidance. If you are stuck you can ask for help using my Twitter tag @skillsworkshop https://twitter.com/skillsworkshop

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
FE E3.16 Use the first, second and third place letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE E3.11 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types)
FE L1.13 Use reference materials and appropriate strategies (e.g. using knowledge of word types) for a range of purposes, including to find the meaning of words
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of straightforward texts
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Sparked after reading an article about a UK Which? report in The Guardian newspaper, and made in haste, this resource is aimed at Entry Level 3 (E3) and Level 1 (L1) learners but includes some E1-2 and L2 questions. There is no answer sheet – one might appear later for skillsworkshop contributors – but the teaching notes do include general marking guidance. 

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
FM Straightforward problem(s) with more than 1 step
FM L1.16 Recognise and calculate equivalences between common fractions, percentages and decimals
FM E3.10 Calculate with money using decimal notation & express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence
FM E3.11 Round amounts of money to the nearest £1 or 10p
FM L1.18 Calculate simple interest in multiples of 5% on amounts of money
FM L1.29 Find the mean and range of a set of quantities
FM L2.23 Calculate the median and mode of a set of quantities
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

A revision activity for Level 1 Functional Skills English reading and writing.

Editor’s note
Reading questions cover all aspects of the FS criteria. The writing activity (formal letter) stresses the use of persuasive techniques and is ideal for both Level 1 and Level 2. It includes a useful writing checklist.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.6
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L1.4
Functional English reading
Context
Voluntary & Charity
News, Politics & Government items

Suitable for guided reading with Entry level learners in the run up to Christmas, this version of Dickens’s classic Christmas story (first published in 1843 and never out of print since) has been created using content downloaded from https://www.ego4u.com/en/read-on/literature/christmas-carol on 26th October 2016 and only slightly adapted for use as a paper resource.

Level
L1
E3
English
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.1
Functional English reading
Fiction

Based on two recent articles / surveys on Black Friday shopping, the main focus of this resource is Functional Mathematics but there is also an introductory page of English questions that check vocabulary, purpose of text and the ability to extract meaning from graphical material and captions.

This is followed by three pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the infographics within the text. Topics include large numbers, percentages, fractions and the four operations.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English reading
Maths
HD1/L2.1
HD1/L1.1
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Extract and interpret information
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Business & Money management

This is a reading comprehension based on a piece of text outlining the origins of Christmas trees in the UK with accompanying questions and a descriptive writing activity.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E3.1
Rt/E3.4
Rt/E3.1
Functional English reading
Context
History

Students are to plan and advertise a Christmas fete.
The resource covers writing lists and sentences, proof reading and using basic adjectives.
Students could use the Internet to find some ideas for Christmas stalls.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E2.1
Wt/E1.1
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
Voluntary & Charity

Two differentiated functional English tasks that involves a number of reading and writing skills (with a bit of maths thrown in!). Learners can personalise this by using names of their own friends and family. For both versions you will need copies of the current Argos book or access to the web site.

Entry 2 version includes: using a catalogue or web site, writing a list & a gift tag, budgeting, writing a note. You will need one gift tag per learner.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Context
Independent living

A seasonal themed maths quiz I created for my E3 students using Carrie Bray’s excellent “45 Christmas Questions” resource as a base. It was designed to provide a fun informal assessment on some of the topics covered in the half-term leading to Christmas.

A Level 1 version is also available.

Editor’s note
You can find Carrie’s original resource (which covered E3-L2) under See also below.

Level
E3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths

A seasonal themed maths quiz I created using Carrie Bray’s excellent “45 Christmas Questions” resource as a base. It was designed to provide a fun informal assessment on some of the topics covered in the half-term leading to Christmas.

An E3 version is also available

Editor’s note
You can find Carrie’s original resource (which covered E3-L2) under See also below.

Level
L1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths